At age twenty-two, Ellie Smith has established herself as a multi-faceted performer, author, student, philanthropist, and former pageant winner/survivor. Originally from Las Vegas, Nevada, she received her BFA in Music/Dance/Theatre from Brigham Young University in April 2018.
Priding herself on experience and versatility, Ellie focused on more non-conventional activities in high school. In 2013, she became a best-selling co-author of the inspirational book Girls Lead, promoting feminist views and leadership ideals. Ellie won a regional Broadway World Award for her portrayal as Eponine in Les Miserables at Artemis Hamm Concert Hall at age sixteen. At seventeen, she was the youngest ever to win the title of Miss Nevada and went on to compete at the famed Miss America Pageant, where she took home a top talent award for her rendition of Queen's 'Somebody to Love.' Ellie also created a nationally renowned anti-bullying campaign and 501(c)(3), entitled 'Bullying: Don't Let It Get to You.' She traveled the United States as a motivational speaker, inspiring over half a million teenagers and promoting her non-profit organization along the way. When Ellie wasn't traveling as a public speaker, she was traveling the country singing the National Anthem almost every weekend for NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL games and events. In 2011, Ellie was privileged to sing both the American National Anthem and the Canadian National Anthem at one of the NBA All-Star games in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.
Through these shaping experiences, theatre has remained Ellie's first love. Her favorite and most notable credits include Chess at Pioneer Theater Company, The Light Rail at Feinstein's 54 Below in New York City, the pre-Broadway workshop of Michael Mott's In The Light, the United States premier of Frank Wildhorn's Count of Monte Cristo, two seasons at Tuacahn Amphitheater, and a season at the Utah Shakespeare Festival. Ellie also toured internationally to Africa with BYU's Young Ambassador performing company in 2016.
Ellie currently resides in New York City.